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by Valerie Verkamp
Landmark reporter

Two men and one woman were taken into custody Thursday when a suspected meth lab was busted on Vine Street in Platte City.

The raid came about 4 p.m. in the house located just a couple of blocks from the Platte County Sheriff’s Department.

Michael Rector and Stan Dalton, both 36, have been charged with trafficking methamphetamine in the first degree.

The Platte County Prosecutor's Office also charged Robin Whitaker, age 25, of Platte City, with possession of methamphetamine.

Authorities issued a search warrant at the house located at 409 Vine Street.

A search conducted by the Platte County Drug Task Force; Kansas City, Missouri SWAT Team; and Kansas City Metro Meth Task Force indicated that one of the bedrooms in the home had been used to manufacture methamphetamine.

According to the probable cause statement, authorities found approximately 120 grams of a liquid that tested positive for amphetamines, lithium batteries, and other items that are used to make methamphetamine.

During the search, authorities apprehended Rector and Whitaker. Authorities say Dalton was followed by police officers after he exited the residency on Vine Street and was taken into custody a short distance away.

According to authorities, Platte County deputies located a 9 mm pistol and a red straw containing methamphetamine inside Dalton's truck officers.

Authorities found 2.5 grams of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe during a sweep of Dalton's bedroom at the home.

According to court documents, several guns including a .22 cal rifle and a .25 cal pistol were also found at the home.

Nathaniel Ware, another tenant of the residence located on Vine Street, was also taken into custody, but has not been charged.

Rector allegedly told authorities he moved here from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to “get away from drugs.” During a police interrogation, Rector admitted to police that he made methamphetamine inside the residence, but only for his personal consumption.

Dalton admitted to authorities he owned the two bags of methamphetamine located in his room, but denied any further involvement.

A class A felony of trafficking methamphetamine in the first degree could land Rector and Dalton a long term prison sentence, including up to life in prison.

Whitaker faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison on the possession charge.

Rector and Dalton are currently being held in the Platte County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash only bond. Whitaker is being held on a $25,000 cash only bond.

In similar police activity, two other narcotics-related search warrants were served in Platte City last week. At least three other persons were taken into custody but attempts to get more information from authorities on those arrest had been unsuccessful at press time.